What better way to spend time with your family than appreciating fine art? Most museums are free, but you would really need to check with your local area museum to be sure. Some museums may have summertime family-oriented activities planned as well. Yet still, there may be discounted “family” days for specialized educational museums like in Georgia at the Music Hall of Fame. So if you’re thinking about fun and free family activities: Visit the Museum!
While some may not be free, you can find out which days of the month, week, or year, have been designated as “family” days that offer discounts. Many museums have websites that list most of their information including pricing and hours of operation.
It’s never too late, or too soon, to begin the learning process. So keep this in mind when heading off to your local museum. While your children may think this activity will be boring, there are always “battle plans” to make it fun for everyone. You could always visit the museum’s website to see what is on display as many museums have time-limited exhibits to research first what may be of interest to your child(ren) beforehand. Then make up some list printouts to take along with you that have checklists to be sure that you view everything on the printouts.
You could even put in some random questions to ask your child(ren) while at the museum. Or you could even do a sort of scavenger hunt to see who can find the items on your checklist first.
Going to the museum can be a fun and education free family activity!
Coloring is Fun For All!
Always a great way to pass time on a rainy day, coloring pictures is a fantastic way to have some fun while developing artistic skills. Not only that, but you can turn an otherwise boring day of coloring into an “in-house” art contest. But, be sure that you have prizes for everyone so that each time everyone is a winner.
Now, if you don’t have any new crayons for coloring, the best time to pick some up is right before the new school year begins. You can get a box of 24 count crayons for 20 cents or less. So, if you need to stock up, this is the best time to do so.
Coloring doesn’t have to be limited just to crayons and coloring books. You can do some fingerpainting, watercolor painting, or create clay sculptures too. How nice to feel like a kid again yourself as well!
Add Coloring to your list of Free Family Activities!
Swimming & Playing in the Water
What better way to spend a refreshing and playful time with your family than going swimming! Even if you don’t have access to a swimming pool in your own backyard, you can always take a trip to your local lake or beach. You won’t need money to enjoy the water, but you will need enough gas to get there and back
Plus, you can always take a picnic basket full of your favorite healthy snacks with you for a quick lunch. Now, if you happen to live in an area that doesn’t have access to lakes or oceanfront beaches, why not pull out the garden hose for some watery fun?
Using what you have “on hand” with water is always a super way to have some fun on a hot day. Sprinklers, water pistols, and water balloons are great alternatives to keeping cool and having fun on a hot day. Divide your family up into teams and see who gets the wettest. Have a big bowl of fresh, frosty fruit as a reward for the winning team.
Most apartment communities have swimming pools available to their residents. Why not go for a dip? Also, many other community areas have public pools that are quite inexpensive to get into. Some only charge a quarter for access for the entire day. Visiting your local community pool can help build your child(ren)’s social skills too. And that’s always a fabulous idea!
Whatever your plans, don’t forget to put on the sunscreen to protect yourself and your children from the harmful UV rays of the sun. This is especially important on extremely hot days.
Try some watery fun for a delightful free family activity!
Let’s Play Card Games!
Almost every “dollar store” sells decks of cards for a buck. And, almost everyone knows how to play card games. Whether it’s “Go Fish”, “Old Maid”, Gin Rummy, or 5 Card Draw Poker. Obviously, you wouldn’t want to teach your child how to become a poker virtuoso, but playing a card game such as “War” or “Go Fish” can help develop your child’s math skills.
Now, you don’t have to have a special deck of cards for games like Go Fish, Old Maid, or War. Any standard deck will do. So, when the kids are awake, you can play those card games that are child-oriented, and when they go to bed, you and your friend, or significant other can play a more adult-oriented game such as poker or Rummy.
Always have some sort of “prize” on hand if you plan on having a family Go Fish tournament. And be sure that everyone is a winner with the prizes going down in value or size. This is especially important for younger children so that no one ever feels as if they are a “loser”. And, no one likes to feel that way, even older children. Although they might never admit it. This is also a great activity for yourself, especially when you’ve been through busy times.
Now go find those card games you have laying around the house for your next free family activity!